Looking Ahead


We do not live in a vacuum.  The world is constantly changing around us, and the economic development landscape is far different and far more competitive than ever.  With other places actively recruiting not just our companies but our people, we don’t have time to be complacent. It’s time to proactively act as a region.

Every community, regardless of size, location or situation, can only achieve sustained, long-term success by understanding and addressing demographic patterns, creating economic opportunities and employing meaningful place-making strategies. While our mission focuses on job creation at Southwest Michigan First, we understand that employment alone does not make for a great community. What investments of time, talent and treasure do we need to keep a pulse on to ensure our community is a thriving place where people seek out to live and our children’s children will want to call home?

Our thoughtful approach to strategic community development is focused on increasing and sustaining generational prosperity and self-determination as we monitor our cohesive strength as a region.

Here’s our approach:

  • Business Attraction and Retention
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurial Growth
  • Inclusive Talent and Workforce Development
  • Governmental Entity Relations
  • Educational Attainment
  • Infrastructure Enhancements
  • Leadership Development
  • Community Partnerships
  • Public Policy Advocacy
  • Collective Action and Empowerment

To learn more about what we are working on, connect with Carla Sones at 269.553.9588.